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General Information


As part of the FEMA Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP), the 2012 Whole Community Conference, sponsored by the IL-IN-WI Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT), will bring together emergency management, public health, human services and disability stakeholders from throughout IL-IN-WI Combined Statistical Area to enhance regional catastrophic incident preparedness by engaging the whole community in the planning process.

This three day conference will examine some of the greatest challenges in inclusive emergency planning and focus on developing substantive traditional and non-traditional emergency management partnerships.  This conference will address core holistic issues of whole community planning and expand outward to develop tangible planning goals and objectives for local, state and regional communities to implement post-conference.

The first two days of the conference will focus on issues such as identifying populations that make up the whole community, new accessible FEMA sheltering guidelines and mass care, developing accessible transportation networks and emergency evacuations, logistics and resource management and the realities of jurisdictional liability issues.  Other issues and topics of focus include collaborative community partnerships, information sharing networks and accessible communications.  Speakers from national, state and local government agencies and organizations will discuss programs that have worked in their communities and that can be replicated throughout the region. The third day of the conference will be the IL-IN-WI RCPT's quarterly meeting. This meeting will discuss how the attendees and the organizations they represent can be incorporated into the RCPT infrastructure.

Through keynote and panel presentations, facilitated audience discussions and networking breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact and engage with speakers and other attendees to exchange information about what is working in communities throughout the region and the nation. This conference will serve as a benchmark for the region moving forward in an effort to include larger groups of stakeholders in emergency planning.

Feature Speakers Include:

Pat Seybold, Executive Director, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities

Richard Devylder, Senior Advisor for Accessible Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation

Jody Dickhaut, Former State Director, Iowa Adventist Community Services & Disaster Response

Karin Ford, Disability Consultant, Iowa Department of Public Health

Andrew Perlman, Executive Director, EPIC Associates

Jessica Mitchell, Regional Disability Integration Specialist, FEMA Region V

Jacqueline Yannacci, Program Manager, Community Resilience, American Red Cross

Kate Pillman, Executive Director, Wisconsin COAD

Sabrina Edgington, Program and Policy Specialist, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

Frankie Shipman-Amuwo, Assistant Director, Community Preparedness and Coordination Unit, Cook County Department of Public Health


And More...To View Full Agenda Click HERE

*Not all speakers confirmed and are subject to change


Sample Issues and Topics to be Covered


Sheltering and Mass Care

  • Understanding the new FEMA Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) sheltering guidelines and plans to make temporary accessible modifications to shelters

Building Community Partnerships

  • Integrating the private sector, faith-based organizations, disability service providers, volunteer organizations, non-profits, NGOs and the public into your emergency management planning community

Accessible Transportation and Emergency Evacuations

  • Accessible emergency evacuation planning and developing public-private partnerships to overcome limited resources

Whole Community Planning

  • Incorporating the unique needs of access and functional needs constituents, children, elderly adults, limited-English speaking and migrant populations and other groups

Catastrophic Planning for the Whole Community

  • Incorporating traditional and non-traditional organizations and communities into the IL-IN-WI Regional Catastrophic Planning Team


This conference is by invitation only. If you wish to attend this conference and haven't been specifically invited, please click on the link below for an application. Unfortunately, there are only a limited number of seats available and many applications will not be approved.



Two nights will be provided for attendees that work outside of 50 mile radius of Lisle, IL

Three nights will be provided for attendees that work outside of 75 mile radius of Lisle, IL

If you are able to seek alternate accommodations through family, friends or travel/training budget, please do so to maximize the number of attendees at this conference.


Who Should Attend

Federal, State and Local Government Officials
Emergency Managers, Planners, Coordinators
First Responders
Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Paramedics
Military Personnel
Hospital Administrators and Medical Professionals
Public Health Officials
Disability Service Providers
Policy Makers and Advocates
Community-Based Service Providers
Academia Professionals and Students
Legal Professionals
Private Industry


Please Note: There will be no reimbursement of travel costs. Breakfast and lunch is included with the conference, dinner is the responsibility of the attendee.

If you are not eligible for lodging but would like to pay for your own room at the Hyatt, please contact the hotel at 630-852-1234 and mention the Whole Community Conference to receive the reduced rate of $105.

Conference Location


Hyatt Lisle
1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Organizational Sponsors

Interested in showcasing your products and solutions to an audience of government agency decision makers? Budget-conscious sponsorship packages are available for this conference. Click here for a sponsorship package or contact Brian Lake 703-894-7414 for further information.

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